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You can now install MDSplus on the Alpine Linux platform.

You can use the following steps to install MDSplus:

Add MDSplus apk repository

Currently we have MDSplus packages built on Alpine Linux 3.3 but they work fine until version 3.6 of the operating system. To configure the repository run the appropriate command for your Alpine Linux system (for stable release replace alpha with stable):

echo "" >> /etc/apk/repositories
echo "" >> /etc/apk/repositories
echo "" >> /etc/apk/repositories
echo "" >> /etc/apk/repositories

You will need to add a public key for this repository by downloading it from

apk add wget && sh -c "cd /etc/apk/keys; wget"

HINT: More recent versions of alpine (>3.6) will run but require a little patch. Please add repository for v3.6 main together with the mdsplus repository like so:

echo "" >> /etc/apk/repositories
echo "" >> /etc/apk/repositories

Install MDSplus

After configuring the repository you can then simply issue the command:

apk add mdsplus-alpha

If you want to install more of the MDSplus packages you can do:

apk search mdsplus

to get a complete list of packages.

MDSplus configuration

Much of the configuration is done automatically at time of install but there might be some scripts then reference bash so you should add bash:

apk add bash

If you want to configure an mdsip service you will need to do the following steps:

cp /usr/local/mdsplus/etc/mdsip.hosts /etc # edit the mdsip.hosts file to account mapping
echo "mdsip 8000/tcp" >> /etc/services
echo "mdsip stream tcp nowait root /usr/local/mdsplus/bin/mdsipd mdsip mdsip /var/log/mdsplus/mdsipd" >> /etc/inetd.conf
rc-update add inetd boot